Paying a little extra attention to your feet will help you avoid serious diabetes-related complications. Diabetic foot care provided by your Livonia, Royal Oak and Saginaw Bay, MI, podiatrists, Drs. Randy Semma, Michelle Bertelle-Semma and Stacey Stefansky of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care offer a simple way to protect your feet.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes can slow healing, make it more difficult to fight foot infections. The disease may also damage the nerves in your feet eventually. These problems are more likely to occur if your blood sugar isn’t well controlled, or you’ve had the disease for a long time. If nerve damage causes numbness, you won’t be able to feel pain or notice unusual sensations in your feet.
Diabetic footcare, which includes both self-care and examinations and treatments offered by your podiatrist, can reduce the risk of serious consequences.
How can I tell if a have a problem with my feet?
Daily foot exams can help you spot signs of trouble. During your self-exam, you’ll need to examine the tops, bottoms and sides of toes, in addition to the areas between your toes.
During the exam, look for these warning signs:
- Blisters or Red Spots on Your Feet: Blisters or red marks may be a sign that your shoes are rubbing against your feet. Change your shoes to a more comfortable pair and use bandages to protect blisters.
- Open Sores and Ulcers: Open sores and ulcers can quickly become infected and should never be treated at home. Call your foot doctor as soon as possible if you have an open sore.
- Red Streaks, Pus, Pain and Warmth In and Around a Sore: These signs and symptoms may be present if you have an infection. Infections also warrant an immediate call to your foot doctor.
- Changes in the Way Your Foot Looks or Feels: Does your skin look black, blue or white or have you begun to experience pain, numbness or tingling? These symptoms require prompt treatment.
- Ingrown Toenails, Corns and Calluses: Although a corn or an ingrown toenail may seem like a minor issue, attempting to treat these conditions on your own raises your infection risk.
Are you concerned about a problem with your feet? Call Drs. Semma, Bertelle-Semma or Stefansky to schedule an appointment for diabetic foot care. Schedule an appointment for the Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, MI, by calling (734) 261-3400. Other office locations include Sore Feet Podiatry in Royal Oak, MI, at (248) 549-3338 and Saginaw Bay Podiatry in Saginaw Bay, MI, at (734) 261-3400.